Can You Play SteamVR Games on an Oculus Quest 2?

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By Ralph Torres

Are you a fan of virtual reality gaming but don’t want to be tethered to your PC? The Oculus Quest 2 may have caught your attention with its wireless capabilities and standalone design. But can you play SteamVR games on an Oculus Quest 2?

The short answer is yes, you can. However, it’s not as simple as just downloading and playing the games directly on the Quest 2. There are a few steps you need to take first.

Step 1: Enable Developer Mode

Before you can start playing SteamVR games on your Oculus Quest 2, you need to enable developer mode. This will allow you to install third-party software such as SideQuest, which we’ll use in the next step.

To enable developer mode, navigate to the “Settings” menu in your Oculus app on your phone. From there, select the “Device” tab and click on your Oculus Quest 2 device. Scroll down until you see “Developer Mode” and toggle it on.

Step 2: Install SideQuest

SideQuest is a third-party software that allows you to sideload apps onto your Oculus Quest 2. This includes SteamVR games.

To install SideQuest, head over to their website and download the software for your PC. Once installed, connect your Oculus Quest 2 to your PC using a USB-C cable and make sure it’s in developer mode.

Open SideQuest and follow the instructions to connect your headset. Once connected, navigate to the “App Browser” tab and search for “Steam Link.” Click “Install” and wait for it to finish downloading.

Step 3: Install SteamVR

Now that you have SideQuest installed on your Oculus Quest 2, it’s time to install SteamVR.

Firstly make sure that Steam is installed on your PC. Then open up Sidequest and search for SteamVR. Click “Install” and wait for it to finish downloading.

Step 4: Launch SteamVR

After installing SteamVR on your Oculus Quest 2, you’re ready to start playing your favorite SteamVR games.

Connect your Oculus Quest 2 to your PC using a USB-C cable and make sure it’s in developer mode. Launch the “Steam Link” app on your Oculus Quest 2 and select the PC you want to connect to.

Once connected, launch SteamVR from within the app. You should now be able to play your favorite SteamVR games on your Oculus Quest 2.

Conclusion

Playing SteamVR games on an Oculus Quest 2 is possible but requires a few extra steps than simply downloading and playing directly on the device. By enabling developer mode, installing SideQuest, and installing SteamVR, you can enjoy wireless virtual reality gaming without being tethered to your PC.